ADL: White Supremacists Intensifying Recruitment Efforts on College Campuses Across US
The white supremacist group whose racist and antisemitic slogans were chanted by protesters at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville last month has embarked on a recruitment campaign to attract college students as they begin their fall term.
Identity Evropa (IE) — which seeks to defend and promote “white American culture” — has distributed propaganda materials including flyers, posters, and stickers on at least a dozen campuses since the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said on Monday.
The flyers have featured photos of IE leaders and phrases such as, “Our generation, our future, our last chance.” Some were accompanied by promotional posters for books published by Arktos Media, which is led by a former Swedish neo-Nazi.
Affected campuses have included Long Beach City College in California, Bristol Community College in Massachusetts, the University of Alabama, the University of Illinois at Urbana — Champaign, California State University — San Marcos, California State University — Long Beach, the University of California — Irvine, Eastern Michigan University and San Diego State University, according to tweets posted by an account affiliated with IE.
During the 2016-2017 school year, “the ADL counted 65 incidents where IE propaganda was posted on campuses in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Washington,” the civil rights group said in a new report.
Since September 2016, the ADL has recorded 188 incidents of leafleting or other activities by white supremacist organizations on 129 campuses in 36 states. Aside from IE, other perpetrators have been the Atomwaffen Division and Vanguard America groups, as well as the Daily Stormer and American Renaissance media outlets, according to the ADL.
In a recently-released video, the anonymous campus watchdog group Canary Mission drew parallels between the extremism espoused by white supremacist groups like IE and anti-Israel activists. The video included quotes from far-right and far-left activists that “spread the same vile hate” by glorifying Adolf Hitler, blaming Israel and Jews for the 9/11 attacks, and urging the killing of Jews.
Watch the video below: